Abby Abelson MD Named Chair Of Department Of Rheumatology At Cleveland Clinic

April 6, 2011

Cleveland Clinic has announced that Abby Abelson, MD, has been named Chair of the Department of Rheumatic and Immunologic Diseases at Cleveland Clinic.

The department is part of the Orthopaedic and Rheumatologic Institute at Cleveland Clinic. In the U.S. News & World Report’s 2010-11 edition of America’s Best Hospitals, Cleveland Clinic was ranked second in Rheumatology.

“We are pleased to continue to have Dr. Abelson’s leadership of a renowned team that is known for outstanding patient care and groundbreaking research in metabolic and bone diseases, including osteoporosis, arthritis and vasculitis,” said Joseph Iannotti, MD, PhD, chair of the Orthopaedic and Rheumatologic Institute.

Dr. Abelson had served as Interim Chair since May 2008. She has been named more than ten times among the “Best Doctors in America” by Best Doctors, Inc. She is an active author, researcher and lecturer in osteoporosis.

Her professional appointments include being named a fellow of the American College of Rheumatology and a professor at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. In addition, she chairs the Medical and Scientific Committee of the Arthritis Foundation and she is a board member of the organization’s Northeastern Ohio Chapter.

“I am honored to chair a department that has a long tradition of accomplishments in patient care, research and education. Our staff includes national leaders and it is an honor to support them in our continued growth,” said Dr. Abelson.

Dr. Abelson joined the staff at Cleveland Clinic in 2002. She is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine; she completed a residency at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Cleveland and a rheumatology fellowship at University Hospitals in Cleveland.

Dr. Abelson is a resident of Shaker Heights and she is married to Tom Abelson, MD, medical director at Cleveland Clinic’s Beachwood Family Health and Surgery Center.

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